Berklee String Principal for banjo/mandolin site

We have posted many times in the past six months about the prestigious Berklee College Of Music’s recent decision to allow banjo and mandolin players to attend the school. More accurately, the new policy allows banjo/mandolin players – who have always been able to enroll – to use banjo or mandolin as their principal instrument while studying at Berklee. Mandolinists have studied at Berklee in the past, but had to enroll and study in the violin principal, just as The Stringdusters’ Chris Pandolfi had to enroll as a guitarist to study as a banjo player.

The point of this post is not to rehash all that, which you can research by following these earlier posts, but to pass along that some info about the inclusion of banjo and mandolin within the string principal is now found on the Berklee web site. Parents or students interested in the possibility of attending next year can start an investigation here.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.